Leo Villareal Opens a Window into the Cosmos at Cornell

Photo: Lindsay France/University Photography

Artist Leo Villareal has opened a window into the Cosmo above the Johnson Museum of Art's Mallin Sculpture Court on Cornell's campus. Consisting of 12,000 energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) wired in a grid, Villareal's"Cosmos" is an awe-inspiring light installation two years in the making.  The artist—along with the project architect, Walter Smith, and donors Lisa and Richard Baker—chose the site specifically for its high visibility on Cornell's campus and from various parts of West Hill and downtown. Villareal programmed and wired each LED with his own computer software to allow for various formations and shapes to take place.

The "Cosmos" is open to public October 22, 2012 – September 29, 2013 (more info).

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Photo: David O. Brown (via museum.cornell.edu)

Photo: Lindsay France (via news.cornell.edu)


source: Johnson Museum of Art (via Cronicle Online)